USEPA, Region 4, Phoenix Award Winners
The Phoenix Awards are prestigious honors bestowed upon groups across the country that have developed Brownfields projects of significance and worth. They are recognized for their innovative yet practical remediation and redevelopment efforts that bring blighted and ignored commercial and industrial sites back to productive use.
While the projects serve as models for other communities, the awards also provide a forum from which to showcase and publicize successful solutions for properties of national concern. The Phoenix Award winners are real-life examples of the accomplishments that can arise out of the Brownfields initiatives that are being promoted throughout the United States and, more recently, in Canada.
To receive a Phoenix Award is a national honor to all who have contributed to the success of the project, including the environmental consulting community, the public, real estate investors and developers, bankers, economic development agencies, and attorneys. In addition, recognition is afforded the local, state and federal agencies that have been instrumental in the completion of the projects.
Midtown Miami — Located in the heart of Miami, this 56-acre Brownfield, a former rail yard, is the largest redevelopment project in the City of Miami. The project boasts a truly urban mixed-use master plan to support 1.2 million square feet of commercial development with retail stores, 4,500 residential units, offices, reserved park space, and creation of thousands of new jobs. The design includes nearly 12,000 linear feet of urban streetscapes, a linear park system, an urban plaza, and a series of vest pocket parks. A Regional Activity Center (RAC) justification report was prepared to increase DRI thresholds, and the project received more than $10 million in grant funding for the redevelopment.
Site remediation consisted of source removal in addition to engineering and institutional controls. The necessary site remediation was integrated with the actual redevelopment, saving the client millions of dollars in soil disposal costs. A Site Rehabilitation Completion Order (SRCO) was obtained from the FDEP for the site in 2006.
In 2004, Midtown Miami was awarded first place for Outstanding Redevelopment Study by the Gold Coast Section of the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter. The project is also the recipient of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 2009 Phoenix Award, the nation’s most prestigious award for Brownfield redevelopment.
Baldwin Park: In 1940, the Army Air Corps established a military installation in the area now known as Baldwin Park. By 1973 it was home to 8,000 military personnel. In 1995 the base was officially closed and the City of Orlando was left with a 1,100-acre hole in the heart of the city. Click here for more information and photos.
Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center
Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center: A failing hospital in an economically depressed area was revived by the City of St. Petersburg and replaced with a state-of-the-art Health Center. Not only did it address the issues of Environmental Justice, it created new jobs and inspired new hope for a long-overlooked community neighborhood. Click here for more information and photos.